Dental Veneers – Beware the Dangers of Turkey Teeth

on October 18, 2022

Dental veneers can hide your uneven or crooked teeth, and offer you the possibility of having that bright, beautiful “Hollywood smile.”

In case you’re not familiar with them, a veneer is a very thin layer of porcelain placed over the front surface of your teeth to improve their appearance and/or protect them from further damage.

Because most cosmetic dental procedures like this can be quite expensive, some patients will seek veneers from a non-medical specialist. While this might initially cut the price of this cosmetic dental procedure, there are plenty of horrific and expensive stories that explain why this is a bad idea.

A woman smiles as she gets a porcelain veneer to match her discolored tooth.

Veneers gone wrong – Let the patient beware

Before we discuss veneers and how important the preparation process is, it’s essential to understand the difference between a veneer and a crown. Porcelain veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth for cosmetic effect, while a crown is thicker than a veneer, it goes over the entire tooth to restore or protect it, and crowns tend to be more permanent than veneers.

In addition to understanding the difference between veneers and crowns, it’s also extremely important to know that proper veneer preparation and application takes time and extensive medical training to do. Not every dentist is a “veneer specialist” with the training and experience necessary to place veneers successfully on your teeth, but they should be able to recommend you to one who can.

Please be cautious of the medical or dental background of someone who claims to be a Veneer Specialist outside of a clinical setting.

You should be particularly wary of the cut-rate treatment offered in foreign countries.

Many social media platforms are awash with pictures of people who have gone abroad – traveling to Turkey or other countries with inexpensive cosmetic dentistry procedures for inexpensive dental treatment that sometimes ends in disaster.

The usual dental procedure is to grind the front teeth down to peg-like points, producing what is referred to as “Turkey teeth”, and these are then covered with crowns, not veneers.

Those who have undergone this procedure often put their smiling pictures on social media platforms, proudly showing off their so-called “veneers” that are actually crowns that have been placed with little to no treatment of the teeth.

Unfortunately, these procedures are often done so hastily and sloppily performed, that the end result can be ill-fitting crowns, intense pain, serious infections, gum disease and potentially, the loss of your teeth.

You can go here to read the account of a woman in the UK who suffered unrelenting pain, an extremely serious infection, and the expense of three trips to Turkey. Eventually the woman’s bad veneer experience finally came to an end when she was fitted with a set of crowns that were more durable.

Unfortunately, it cost her the security of her original tooth structure and a huge financial burden.

Veneer Specialists at Stephens Dentistry in Evanston

Achieving the perfect smile can be done without damaging your oral health or wallet.

If you need veneers to improve the appearance of your smile, you can lay your concerns aside when you come to Stephens Dentistry. We’re proud to be one of the top practices for porcelain veneers in Evanston, IL. With us, you will receive the very finest care that modern dental science has to offer.

We create the very highest quality veneers using our CEREC® milling machine or the use of one of our top rated dental laboratories. Using our scanner, our dentists will take a digital impression of your teeth. This impression is used to design your custom-made veneers, milled from a single block of eMax, providing you with the strongest restorations available.

Don’t run the risk of developing ultra thin “Turkey teeth” by seeking a cheaper, non dental option.

For the very best and safest in dental veneers, schedule an appointment with the board certified and cosmetic dentists of Stephens Dentistry. If needed, we’ll be glad to provide payment options to fit your budget.

We want to give you that perfect “Hollywood smile” while also protecting the surface of your teeth and gums. Contact Stephens Dentistry to schedule a free consultation with our experienced dentists today!

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